Our new normal

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“Congratulations, we’d like to extend you the job offer.” That’s what the subject line stated. And with that one sentence, my life — and the lives of my family — was forever changed. For, you see, I’ve accepted a new job in a part of the country I’d never visited: Seattle. Go west, not-so-young man,…
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Tell a vision

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“THIS SERVICE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO THIS SUBSCRIBER.” There it was, in full high-def, and worse yet, CAPITALIZED text — just for tick-me-off emphasis. Cable television as I’d come to know it for virtually my entire life was now gone. I saw it disappear before my very eyes. Poof. And, I felt alone. Adrift….
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Goosebump tech

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I’ve just experienced technology in a radically new way. A way that could (and probably will) eventually change my life — and yours. And, the carnal beauty of it all is that this isn’t technology for technology’s sake. Rather, it’s technology for what technology is supposed to be: user friendly, engaging and intuitive — making…
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Change (is) the subject

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Sometimes change delicately wafts into our life in quiet ways like, say, a barely noticeable whisper. A soft breeze. A butterfly, even. Other times, though, it kicks in life’s front door with all the elegance and grace of Sam Kinison crashing a debutante’s ball. Welcome to my world. For, in a single, two-week period recently,…
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Dog Day Morning: A Tail of Remembrance

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It was a scream. The abrupt, violent, shake-you-to-your-spine kind of movie-scream. Only this time, it wasn’t the movies; it was real life. It was my wife. Instinct told me that Jacquie herself was okay but that something was wrong, gravely wrong. Instinct was right. It usually is. I exploded out of bed, flew down the…
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The irreverent resolution

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Lose weight? Meh. Get a different job? Not a priority. Take that vacation; learn Spanish; stop smoking? Can’t afford the Italian countryside cooking/wine tour just yet; ain’t interested, amigo; never smoked in the first place. All classic and worthy resolutions, these, but also yawn-inducing, clichéd and just not inspiring. They’re so last year and simply…
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JFK’s words

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So much has been written about JFK that, seemingly, nothing more need be said. Yet, as I watched the tributes to his life on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, I was struck by how eloquent a speaker he was; how powerful his rhetoric; how much what he said changed behaviors, beliefs and even the…
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No question about it

Today’s blog is brought to you by the number 7, the color blue and the question. The question? That’s right: the question. Especially the question. You see, the question is the thing. For the question is often way more important than the answer. There. I’ve said it. Well, okay, so have countless others. Nonetheless, it’s…
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TV that matters

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The Detroit Baseball Tigers recently clinched a spot in the playoffs. The game itself was a bit of a melodramatic moment as the team was anointed World Series entrants before the season began. Although locking a playoff spot took a skosh longer than most fans wanted, the team nonetheless delivered on this lofty expectation. Truth…
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This is music?

When did music become about shock value? And sex. And nothing else? In the first five minutes of MTV’s Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga came out looking somewhat like a nun — the Catholics are always a good target, aren’t they? Then, she was quickly given an onstage makeup re-do that looked like it was…
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